Errors Introduced by Multiphase Flow Correlations on Production Analysis Conference Paper uri icon


  • Abstract First and foremost, production analysis techniques require accurate rate and bottomhole pressure histories. In most cases the pressure history of the well is not measured directly at the bottomhole condition, but is calculated from surface measurements by the use of single or multiphase flow correlations. In some cases significant error is introduced through the use of these correlations. This paper evaluates the magnitude of such errors for oil and gas producers with regard to the estimation of flow capacity, completion efficiency, and effective drainage area. Synthetic cases are used as control sets in order to evaluate the sensitivity of the results to the various multiphase flow correlations and flowing conditions. In addition to synthetic (simulated) performance behavior, field cases are presented and the variance in estimated reservoir and completion properties is evaluated. The technical contributions of this paper are: Systematic evaluation of the effect of errors in flow rates and bottomhole flowing pressures on production data analysis using both synthetic and field derived well performance data. Qualitative guidelines as the effect of errors in rate and pressure on estimated reservoir properties. Establishment of the most relevant pressure drop correlations for use in practice.

name of conference

  • All Days

published proceedings

  • All Days

author list (cited authors)

  • Cox, S. A., Sutton, R. P., & Blasingame, T. A.

complete list of authors

  • Cox, SA||Sutton, RP||Blasingame, TA

publication date

  • January 1, 2006 11:11 AM